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Bedford Rascal
Bedford Rascal
Bedford Rascal pick up
Bedford Rascal pick-up
Manufacturer Bedford Vehicles
Vauxhall Motors
Parent company General Motors
Also called Vauxhall Rascal
Suzuki Super Carry
Holden Scurry
Chevrolet Super Carry
Assembly Luton, United Kingdom
Body style(s) Van
Layout FMR
Engine(s) 970 cc (59.2 cu in) OHC straight-4[1]
Transmission(s) 4 or 5-speed manual[2]
Wheelbase 1,840 mm (72.4 in)[1]
Length 3,295 mm (129.7 in)[1]
Width 1,395 mm (54.9 in)[1]
Height 1,780 mm (70.1 in)[1]
Kerb weight 755 kg (1,664 lb)[1]

The Bedford Rascal (later Vauxhall Rascal), also built as the Suzuki Supercarry is a microvan that was developed as a joint venture between General Motors (GM) and Suzuki.[2] It was sold under GM's British-based Bedford marque as well as in Suzuki form. Other names were used in a few international markets.

The van was produced at the IBC Vehicles plant in Luton, England, adjacent to the main Vauxhall factory (GM's British-based passenger car marque. Alongside the Bedford, the Suzuki-branded twin was manufactured for the European market (where Bedford is a less established brand).

Sold from 1986 to 1994, the Rascal / Supercarry was a small and economical van, intended for many purposes. The vehicle's strengths were its diminutive size and maximum payload weight; 550 kg for the van and 575 kg for the pickup[2].

The principal visible difference between Bedford and Suzuki versions is the front trim: Supercarry has two separate plastic headlamp surrounds and the Rascal has a single full width one with "Bedford" moulded in the middle.

TimelineEdit

  • 1986: launched
  • 1990: rebadged as the Vauxhall Rascal, as the Bedford marque was being retired
  • 1993: production moved to Japan, where it was made until 1999

Mostly sold as vans, pick-up and camper versions were also made.

Other international namesEdit

The vehicle was also sold as:

  • The Holden Scurry (using GM's Australian Holden marque) in Australia between 1985 and 1986.
  • In Ecuador, as the Chevrolet Supercarry
  • In India – with a smaller 3-cylinder engine – as the Maruti Omni.

Typical specificationsEdit

Engine specifications:

  • Engine : 4 cylinder in-line OHC, 970 cc (Suzuki)
  • Power : 44 bhp (33 kW) @ 5300 rpm
  • Torque : 75 N·m (55 lb·ft) @ 3200 rpm
  • Acceleration (0-30 mph) : 9.5 seconds:
  • Bore: 62.5mm
  • Stroke: 72mm
  • Displacement: 970cc
  • Cylinder pressure: 13.2 bar (normal), 12.0 bar (limit) with 1 bar cylinder to cylinder difference
  • Fuel octane rating: 92 RON
  • Compression Ratio: 8.8:1
  • Normal operating oil pressure: 3.0 to 4.5 bars
  • Firing order: 1-3-4-2 (no 1 cylinder at timing belt end)
  • Idle speed: 900RPM
  • Clutch type: Single dry plate with diaphragm spring, cable operated release mechanism
  • Friction plate diameter: 180mm
  • Gearbox : 4- or 5-speed
  • Brakes : discs front / drums rear


Measurements:

  • Length : 3.29 metres (129.5 in)
  • Height : 1.70 metres (66.9 in)
  • Width : 1.49 metres (58.7 in)
  • Wheelbase : 1.84 metres (72.4 in)
  • Turning Circle : 8.8 metres (28.9 ft)


Weights:

  • Kerb weight: 820kg (van) 760kg (pickup)
  • Maximum gross weight: 1410kg


Loading abilities:

  • Loadspace volume : 2.62 cu m
  • Length : 1.89 metres (74.4 in)
  • Width : 1.11 metres (43.7 in)
  • Height : 1.23 metres (48.4 in)
  • Loadfloor height : 0.56 metres (22.0 in)
  • Width between rear wheel arches : 0.96 metres (37.8 in)


Gearbox ratios:

  • 1st = 3.652 : 1
  • 2nd = 1.947 : 1
  • 3rd = 1.423 : 1
  • 4th = 1.000 : 1
  • 5th = 0.795 : 1
  • Reverse = 3.466 : 1


Front Brakes:

  • Type: Disc with single piston caliper
  • Disc diameter: 215mm
  • Disc thickness: 10.0mm
  • Min thickness: 8.5mm


Rear Brakes:

  • Type: drum with leading and trailing shoes
  • Drum diameter: 220mm
  • Maximum diameter: 222mm

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 CarBuddy.com.au Car Specifications - 1990 SUZUKI SUPER CARRY
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Haynes Manual Bedford/Vauxhall Rascal and Suzuki Supercarry 1986-1994

External linksEdit


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